Currituck County 4-H’ers Excel at Public Speaking Competition

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At N.C. Cooperative Extension, 4-H Youth Development strives to equip young people with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful adults. Effective communications and public speaking skills are vital as youth develop into tomorrow’s leaders. Currituck County 4-H staff and volunteers worked with 4-H members to write, rehearse and deliver presentations at the recently held Northeast District 4-H Activity Day. Currituck 4-H’ers brought home 18 medals, six of them gold, from the competition held at Warren County Middle School in Warren County, NC. Eighteen Currituck County 4-H’ers were among 196 youth, from 22 counties, who competed in outdoor cooking contests and public speaking presentations, for which they prepared and presented a 5-12 minute speech on the topic of their choice.

4-H public speaking group

Pictured from left- Back row: Billy Grant-Beasley, Kiyanna Green, Riley Newsham, Gabe Campbell, Gregory Dozier IV, Ashton Lowe. Second Row: Kevin Green-Marshall, Armani Rascoe, Ayden Berry, Sydney Miller Front Row: Elijah Campbell, Carsyn Sawyer, Cayden Lowe, Bela Williams, Leah and Ella Hanke Not Pictured : Tucker Melton & Abbigail Owens

Currituck County winners were:

  • Ashton Lowe, Gold Medalist, Family & Consumer Sciences, 14-18 year olds.
  • Ayden Berry, Gold Medalist, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, 14-18 year olds.
  • Billy Grant-Beasley, Gold Medalist, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, 9-10 year olds.
  • Kiyana Green, Gold Medalist, Small & Companion Animals, 9-10 year olds.
  • Riley Newsham, Gold Medalist, Science & Technology, 9-10 year olds.
  • Tucker Melton, Gold Medalist, Citizenship, 14-18 year olds.
  • Carsyn Sawyer, Gold Medalist, Horse, 9-10 year olds.
  • Armani Rascoe, Gold Medalist, Horticulture Science, 14-18 year olds.
  • Bela Williams, Gold Medalist, Environmental Science, 9-10 year olds.
  • Cayden Lowe, Gold Medalist, Food & Nutrition, 11-13 year olds.
  • Abbigail Owens, Gold Medalist, Turkey Char Grill, 14-18 year olds.
  • Kevin Green-Marshall, Gold Medalist, Science & Technology, 14-18 year olds.
  • Sydney Miller, Silver Medalist, Health & Nutrition, 14-18 year olds.
  • Gregory Dozier IV, Silver Medalist, Arts & Communications, 14-18 year olds.
  • Elijah Campbell, Silver Medalist, Horse, 11-13 year olds.
  • Gabriel Campbell, Bronze Medalist, 14-18 year olds.
  • Ella Hanke, Bronze Medalist, Science & Technology, 9-10 year olds.
  • Leah Hanke, Bronze Medalist, Science & Technology, 9-10 year olds.

Currituck County 4-H thanks all the parents and volunteers who helped these young people do their best and achieve success. This annual public speaking contest is open to all Currituck County youth. For information on this or any other 4-H program, contact the 4-H & Youth Development Agent, Sherry Fischlschweiger at 252-232-2262.

The goal of the NC 4-H program, conducted by N.C. Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University and NC A&T State University, is to assist youth and adults in becoming competent, coping and contributing members of a global society, and the development of life skills through planned learn-by-doing experiences.